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Residents of the Tremont District Library’s district, whether they own or rent real estate, are eligible for a Tremont District Library card at no cost, upon presentation of proof of residency and proper identification. To obtain a Tremont District Library card, adult residents 18 years of age and older, residing within the library district, must provide current identification with their name and address. We require a photo ID with current address in order to sign up for a card. If the address if not current on your ID, we will need your ID and an official document with your current address on it, such as a piece of mail or a renter’s lease.

Children ages 6 and older may get a card with parent permission.

In Tremont, the Library District has the same borders as the school district. If you live in the Tremont school district, you are eligible for a free card. If you do not live in Tremont School District, you will need to go to your closest library to get a card.

Once you get a card, you can use it at any library. Tremont library cards are good at all surrounding libraries in our consortium, including: Pekin, Peoria, Delavan, Mackinaw, East Peoria, and others throughout the central part of Illinois. Those patrons can also visit Tremont and use their cards here as well! Card holders get the awesome benefit of Interlibrary Loan service, which means if Tremont Library does not have an item you want (after all, there’s only so much room on our shelves!) we can order it for you from another library who does.

A library card is valid for 3 years. New cards are free. Renewing an old card is free if the patron still has the physical card. There is a fee of $2.00 for replacement of lost cards.

About Us
Board Officers 

President: Gail Davis
Vice President: Beverly Herrin
Treasurer: Sally Marek
Pat West
William Uhler
Lori Fuoss
Holly Parr

Library Director: Maria Ford
Youth Services Director: Sarah Marty-Schlipf
Interlibrary Loan: Angie Watson
Story Time Lead: Adele Pollock
Library Assistants: Janice Sauder, Jill Stout, Carol Olson, Lizzi Ogle
Library Assistants (Students): Sophie, Madelynn
Bookkeeper: Jill Stout

History of the Library

A community library was started in Tremont, in June, 1917 by the Tremont Women’s Club and the Young Men’s Club.  It was located in two upstairs rooms in the building at the corner of Sampson and Walnut Streets across the street east of the post office.  The building was owned by Judge Curran.  Rent was $3.00 a month; electricity, $.65 for one and one half months; book budget, $5.00; and janitor service was $1.85 a month.  All other services were performed by volunteers. The first paid librarian, hired in December 1920, was Miss Bertha Getz at a salary of $3.00 a month.

In September, 1926, Mrs. Esther Washburn bought the Cottingham Building on Sampson Street and donated it to the library.  In appreciation, the board gave her name to the library.  In November, 1927, the library board petitioned the village board for tax monies.  A constitution was written and approved by the State of Illinois and the first tax money was received in May 1928.  In September 1966, Esther Washburn Public Library became one of the charter members of the Illinois Valley Library System, a group of libraries working together to improve library service in Central Illinois. The library was moved to 213 S. Sampson in April, 1972.  An addition to this building was constructed in 1978, giving a total of 2600 square feet of space.

In 1992 (to avoid confusion with nearby Washburn Public Library) the Esther Washburn Public Library formally changed the library name to Tremont District Public Library and became a District Library legally—with the ability to levy taxes.  In November 1993, a referendum was presented to the voters of the Tremont Community Unit School District #702 to expand the boundaries of the Tremont District Public Library.  The referendum passed by a large margin.

The library building has undergone several renovations over the years. The building next door (which housed the Tremont News but had originally been a mechanic’s garage) was purchased and the library expanded and moved in next door in 1998. The old library building was remodeled and connected to the new building. The old portion of the library became a meeting room, rest rooms, work area, office space and storage area.  The new meeting room was named in honor of Doris Rapp, who passed away in March 1997. In 2011, the library expanded further into an unfinished space, and opened a new children’s area. The old-time garage doors were preserved and decorate either side of the children’s room entrance.

(Sources: Tremont Sesquicentennial book Tremont, Illinois 1835-1985)


Borrowing Materials – Links

Call 309-925-5432 for password. Books delivered to Tremont District Library

TDL Worldshare Interlibrary Loan
New Link for the New OCLC Worldshare.

Reaching Across Illinois Library System

Mid-Illinois Talking Book Center
For visually impaired

Alliance Digital Media Center Downloadable EBOOKS & Audiobooks


Computers & Internet use for Patrons

Portable DVD Player

Microfilm & Microfiche reader/printer

Photocopying available for $0.15

Faxing services $2.00 for first page, and $1.00 for each page. Interlibrary loan

Readers’ Advisory

Public Meeting Room

Story Hours

Summer Reading Program

Other programs for Children & Adults

Delivery of books & other Materials to Homebound Patrons

Assistance in enrolling in the Federal Talking Book Program

VHS Video Editor



Over 17,000 Books–Fiction and Non-Fiction

Large Print Books and Magazines

Encyclopedias & other Reference Materials

Over 70 Magazines

Peoria Journal Star

Over 600 Videos (no charge)

Books on Tape & CD


Local Newspapers on Microfilm

Genealogical Resources

Income Tax Forms